THE LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE FOUNDATION
THE COVER ILLUSTRATION
The heroic statue of "Abraham Lincoln, the Hoosier
Youth" is the first successful effort to visualize the rail-
splitter during his formative years in Indiana. This
study in bronze, dedicated September 16, 1932, stands
in the plaza of the Home Office building of The Lincoln
National Life Insurance Company at Fort Wayne,
Indiana. A bronze tablet on the granite base of the
statue bears the inscription which follows:
CAME TO INDIANA IN 1816 WHEN BUT
SEVEN YEARS OLD. UPON BECOMING OF
AGE IN 1830 HE MIGRATED TO ILLINOIS.
THIS STATUE BY PAUL MANSHIP PORTRAYS
ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS A HOOSIER YOUTH.
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THE LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE
A Brief Summary of Its Objectives
and Its Achievements
(Jnly at long intervals of time do characters
emerge who belong to. the ages. When one ap-
pears unheralded, his full worth is not imme-
diately appreciated; but gradually the spark of
genius which emanates from his personality
inspires all who come within its glow. Such a
person of renown was Abraham Lincoln, whom
the English historian H. G. Wells has named as
one of the six outstanding immortals of world
Remembering that Lincoln lived in Indiana
during his most impressionable years, one
quarter of his whole life to be exact, one would
expect to find in this state some memorial effort
which might contribute to a better understand-
ing of his growth and achievements. Such an
historical project has been realized in the estab-
lishment of the Lincoln National Life Founda-
From its very inception in 1928 under the di-
rection of Dr. Louis A. Warren, an outstanding
Lincoln student, the Foundation has made an ex-
haustive search for every fragment of informa-
tion that might throw more light upon the life
and works of the martyred American President. -
The result of this intensive and far-reaching pro-
gram has brought to the library and museum of
the Foundation the largest collection of organ-
ized information ever gathered about an his-
This brief summary of the Foundation activ-
ities sets forth its program of work and the avail-
ability of its archives for serious study of this
figure who personifies our American civilization.
A. most comprehensive collection of litera-
ture has been assembled in the library of the
Foundation, and it is accessible to students. The
books, pamphlets, and periodicals are classified
and arranged in five different divisions : Lincoln-
iana, association books, collateral publications,
magazine articles, and newspaper clippings.
Lincolniana — Books and pamphlets, exclusively Lin-
coln, are included here. This collection of literature,
numbering 7500 volumes of which 300 are in foreign
languages, requires over 458 lineal feet of bookcases
to organize and display them.
Association Books — Books similar to those Lincoln
read comprise this exhibit. The 225 books in this section
constitute an important division of the library and
assist the student in orienting himself in an atmosphere
contemporaneous with Lincoln's day.
Collateral Publications — Biographies of Lincoln's as-
sociates, histories of the communities where he lived,
reminiscences of men who knew him, and discussions
on political subjects are gathered in this compilation.
About 4000 such books and pamphlets form an inval-
uable source library supplementing the publications
Periodicals — More than 3500 magazine articles on
Lincoln have been separately bound. These are indexed
according to subject, author, and title of publication.
Complete files of leading historical magazines which
have featured Lincoln data are also available. News-
papers contemporary with Lincoln's day also have been
properly filed and indexed.
Clippings — Over 100,000 pages of clippings filed
under more than 3000 different specified subjects re-
lating to Lincolniana are available for reference. Fifty-
three steel files are necessary to distribute and to sys-
tematize this mammoth scrapbook.
.Display features of unusual Lincoln interest
are to be. found in the museum. Oil paintings,
original photographs, contemporary prints,
broadsides, metallic subjects, and curios are on
Paintings — Some of America's best known artists —
Pruett Carter, Dean Cornwell, J. C. Leyendecker, and
Frederic Mizen, to name a few — have made oil paint-
ings for the Foundation depicting various human-
interest episodes in Lincoln's life. Twenty-four of these
original studies have been acquired.
Original Photographs — A large and valuable collec-
tion of over 100 Lincoln photographs from the original
negatives are displayed in an impressive chronological
Prints — More than 6000 different prints of Lincoln
have been collected, comprising engravings, woodcuts,
etchings, lithographs, and pictures by modern repro-
ductive processes. These prints are all catalogued and
systematically displayed or filed.
Broadsides — Rare broadsides consisting of contem-
porary political posters, addresses, ballots, and a large
number of caricatures have been assembled, totaling
more than 1500.
Metallic Lincolniana — Seventy-five busts and stat-
uettes, eighty plaques, and over 1200 Lincoln medals
are in the museum display.
1 he department of archives is especially rich
— in documents relating to Lincoln's ancestry,
Kentucky environments, and early Indiana his-
tory ; also in original writings of Abraham Lin-
coln and his contemporaries.
Genealogy — Genealogical lists of 1200 Hanks families
and hundreds of family letters comprise the largest
collection of documents ever assembled about Lin-
coln's maternal ancestry.
Kentucky Records — Thousands of records copied
from original entries in Kentucky courthouses are
available, and 1200 original manuscripts dating back to
1780 have been assembled.
Indiana History — The Richard Thompson collection
of manuscripts, comprising 1200 items contemporary
with Lincoln's day, gives a fine picture of political life
in Indiana at that time.
Autograph Collections — Countless thousands of let-
ters relating to Lincoln are on file containing over 500
by people who knew him and 35 original writings of
Microfilm Strips — The contents of the two largest
Lincoln Manuscript Collections in the Library of Con-
gress — The Lincoln Papers consisting of 18,350 docu-
ments and the Herndon-Weik Collection of records and
reminiscences — are valuable reference sources.
U rgent requests by Lincoln students that the
Foundation furnish them with copies of photo-
graphs, photostats, and out-of-print books called
for the establishment of a sales department.
Photographs — Prints from more than 1000 negatives
portraying nearly every phase of the Lincoln story are
Photostats — Photostatic reproduction of manuscripts
in the Foundation, rare books and pamphlets where the
copyright permits, and magazine articles, newspaper
clippings, broadsides, and other such items are ob-
Books and Pamphlets — The Foundation is constantly
acquiring small collections of books to supplement its
own library. This causes many duplicates to be avail-
able for resale.
J. wo publications are issued periodically by
the Foundation : Lincoln Lore and The Lincoln
Digest. Books and pamphlets on Lincoln sub-
jects also are published from time to time.
Lincoln Lore — Each week for nineteen years the
Foundation has issued a bulletin called Lincoln Lore.
This bulletin contains human interest episodes in Lin-
coln's life and a quarterly Lincoln bibliography. This
publication is available to libraries, educational insti-
tutions, and Lincoln students.
The Lincoln Digest — This is a four-page pamphlet
printed at intervals, which contains condensed informa-
tion about interesting phases of Lincoln's life. These
leaflets are available in quantities for distribution in
schools, patriotic organizations, and public assemblies.
J. hree bureaus — Research, Speakers, and In-
formation — are actively engaged in directing the
work of the Foundation. It is the purpose of the
organization not only to gather but to dissem-
inate Lincoln history.
Research — -The Foundation is ever on the alert to
discover new facts relating to the life and works of
Lincoln, and it greatly appreciates any authentic infor-
mation about his life which is not generally known.
Speakers — The Director of the Foundation each year
addresses about 200 groups, reaching approximately
100,000 people. Radio addresses reach additional thou-
sands. A pamphlet, "Addresses on Abraham Lincoln,"
describes this service and may be secured upon request.
Information — The tremendous amount of data gath-
ered about Lincoln has caused the Foundation to be-
come known as the center of Lincoln information in
America. It invites Lincoln inquiries.
A. Foundation with a program so ambitious,
would imply the guidance of a sympathetic spon-
sor. The Lincoln National Life Insurance Com-
pany wholly maintains and administers the work
of the Foundation memorial in appreciation of
the use of the name of Lincoln in its official title
and for the right to display a portrait of Lincoln
as the company insignia. This last privilege was
granted by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abra-
ham Lincoln, who presented for this purpose an
original photograph of President Lincoln to
Arthur F. Hall, founder of the company.
How much the Lincoln name, the Lincoln in-
signia, and the motto, "Its name indicates its
character," has contributed to the phenomenal
growth of the Company cannot be measured.
Less than twenty-five of the five hundred Amer-
ican insurance companies have attained the goal
of one billion of insurance in force, and only one
of these companies has reached this objective in
as short a space of time as the Lincoln National.
Representatives of the Company in forty-two
different states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, the Canal Zone, the Philippines, and
the Territory of Hawaii are interested in the
progress of the Foundation and contribute val-
uable information for its files. Company offices
in ninety-five important American cities act as
distributing points for information on Abraham
Lincoln published by the Foundation.
The library and museum of the Foundation,
located on the fourth floor of the Home Office
building of The Lincoln National Life Insurance
Company at Fort Wayne, Indiana, may be visited
from 8:00 A. M. to 4:30 P. M. each weekday ex-
cept Saturday when the office building closes at
noon. Visitors are always welcome.
THE LINCOLN NATIONAL LIFE
FORT WAYNE INDIANA